Our adventure continues…….
Our party manages to escape Badorties. Tierra, Hanlon, and Tiran walk on water, due to the spell from Tierra, holding Gamalion and Garion in tow. Once they cross the water, Tierra heals Tiran, and then channels some kind of prayer, such that everyone feels a healing energy.
The party evaluated their location, and after some discussion, decide to head south for the Southern Influence. They form a diamond formation, to cut accross the forest and aim towards the southern river.
It is a dark, cloudy morning (as they crossed the river around 4:30 in the morning), with Roark occasionally looking ahead as a scout. The adventurers hear, “Tink, tink, tink….” Garion cries out “Fairies”. It promptly starts to rain.
The rain pours down. It is now 6:30 in the morning, with no sign of purist. It is spring, late may, with a light west wind. The party is getting soaked, to the point where the brothers begin to shiver and looking blue. The group decides to make a shelf and a fire. Even the raven is wet, and unhappy.
The monk clims a tree, looking for anything of interest. The rain cuts down the visibility, although he thinks they are about 5 kilometers from the town. Garion thinks that it well be a heavy rain. Hanlon and Tiran get moss and grass, for warmth. The brothers begin to feel somewhat better, as they use the dry grass to insulate themselves.
By the time it is about 9 oclock, the party decies to break camp. Roark finds shelter under Tiran’s cloak, and the adventureres wrap warm stones in their cloaks. They get close to the Southern Influence, to the point where they can see a vessel on the water. Tiran, used to merchant markings, can identify that it is carrying raw material, heading north. It seems to be carrying goods from agriculture, including grains and sacks.
The rain continues, and Garions teeth start chattering. They encounter some ruins, as they encounter an old farmhouse. They initially don’t see anything of concern. They do hear some skittering from inside.
They approach with trepidition; Tierra sees two large spiders inside. Garion tries to push over the house, which merely makes the house from a being slightly askew, to having a rather severe lean. At this point, Tierra begins to cast some sort of spell. The entire party can hear scuttling; and a celstial dire rat appears.
Combat begins. A large spider tries to attack Garion, who promptly splits the creature in half. Tiran casts his protective wart, while the second spider attacks and kills the celstial rat. It moves back into the house.
Hanlon and Garion both strike the house, such that it collapses to half of it’s height. Tierra that calls upon an earth elemental, which enters the collapsed structure. The party can hear sounds of scuttling and signs of battle. Hanlon enters, but then leaves.
At this point, the party decides to return to travelling alongside the river. Garion is doing alright, despite the wet weather.
The party is travelling about 200 feet off the river. As they turn a corner, they wencounter a cyclops. Tiran actually is the last to see the creature. Tierra begins a prayer to Sophia, as she uneasily eyes the creature. He is nine feet talkk, wearing hide and carrying a sizeable crossbow. The creature rushes us. Roark flies to distract. Tierra attempts to cast hold, although the one eyed monster resists. Garion strickes the creature. Tiran attempts to cast grease, but the monster resists this spell effect as well. The creature then strikes Garion. Hnlon strikes the monster, causeing immense damage, and the beast is now bruised. Gamalion then hits with a killing shot.
After the creature falls, the party notices a path. It leads to a cave, which seems to have two sites for sleeping, although empty at the moment. It’s now late afternoon, about 4:30pm.
The cave is explored, and found to have a number of blankets and furs. The height is about 8 to 10 feet, with an opening about 7 feet round. The body of the cyclops ins dragged in, and placed to face the opening.
The items in the cave are gone over in greater detail. There are blankets, furs, various boat supplies, including spy glass, copper mastehad, 4 bags of grin, and a ripped sail. As well, ther is a platinum flute with some engraings. When Tiran casts detect magic, he reveals the flute has features of “nature’s mimic”.
Tiran rigs the crossbow on a tripwire, such that it is triggered by entering the cave enterance. Hanlon tries to make smoke holes.
And at 6pm, the party continues to wait out the rain……